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THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO YOUR BEST EVER BEAUTY SLEEP

23rd October 2015

 

We asked a sleep expert to spill her secrets now that the clocks are changing…

Get ready to reset your clocks and your body’s natural energy rhythms – because this is the time of year when summertime officially ends and winter really sets in. Yet as much as we love crisp, frosty mornings, roaring fireplaces and cosy jumpers, the shift in seasons can also upset our sleep patterns, leaving us feeling sluggish and generally low.

Which is why we asked physiotherapist, sleep expert and author of The Good Sleep Guide, Sammy Margo to – excuse the pun – shed some light on getting the perfect night’s kip…

 

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 1. Pre-Planning: ‘Use a similar technique to that used by travellers when avoiding jet lag and begin to reset your sleep pattern a few days before the clocks change. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier for a few days before, then make sure you expose yourself to some form of light straight away upon waking’.

 2. Practice good sleep posture: ‘In a similar way to when we’re standing up or walking around in the day, there are guidelines for achieving a good sleeping posture. Essentially, you need to bring your body into a mid-line alignment. So ask someone to take a picture of you from above in the position you usually sleep in – then check that your head is not sticking too far out and that your lower back is supported. Placing a cushion between or beneath your knees can help with this’.

 3. The Perfect Pillow: Are you a side, back or front sleeper? ‘The position you choose to catch those zzz’s in should dictate your pillow shape. A butterfly pillow is great for side sleepers; a slim pillow is ideal for snoozing on your back; a big, broad style is good if you frequently switch between the two’.

 

 

 4. Digitally detox: ‘Exposure to blue light from iPad screens, computers and phones is a recipe for a night spent tossing and turning as it interferes with you body’s production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. So have a digital cut-off point one to two hours before you go to bed’.

 5. The power nap window: ‘With our hectic modern lifestyles, it’s natural that we feel an energy slump sometimes – and a power nap is a great way to boost yourself up again. The best time to do this to capitalise on your body’s natural rhythms is between 1pm and 3pm each afternoon’.

Check out Sammy’s website, The Good Sleep Expert for more products and tips.

 

Then shop the story to maximise that newfound beauty sleep…

 

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